International Beaver Day

April 7th is observed annually as International Beaver Day. It’s a day when beavers are finally given the respect they deserve and are honored. These animals are known to scientists as ecosystem engineers because they create, modify, and help maintain habitats and ecosystems.

They are also increasingly seen as allies in the fight against global warming because they can do a multitude of things when introduced into an environment. They can help improve water quality, capture water, and even protect salmon populations.

That’s probably why they’re known as the Swiss Army knives of the environment and why we’re now celebrating their greatness.

The History of International Beaver Day

In 2009, Beavers Wetlands & Wildlife (B.W.W.) created International Beaver Day. They chose April 7th for the date of its celebration because that is the birthday of Dorothy Richards, born in 1894.

Also known as the “Beaver Woman,” Dorothy was engaged in the study of beavers for over five decades. This holiday continues to be an important day to raise awareness about the importance of beavers to the environment.

Some Important Facts About Beavers

We have learned from our conversations with people around us that not many people know much about beavers. Sure, most people know beavers are furry, brown, and build dams, but few know much more about them than that.

That’s why we’ve decided to rectify that by doing a little research and finding out everything we could about beavers. Now we’re going to share that information with everyone reading today. Let’s check out these beaver facts below.

  • There are two types of beavers: the American Beaver (Castor canadensis) and the Eurasian Beaver (Castor fiber).
  • All beavers need water to survive. They frequent freshwater ponds, rivers, swamps, lakes, and marshes.
  • Beavers are nocturnal and spend most of their time eating and building.
  • Beavers can digest cellulose, which means they eat leaves, roots, and bark from trees.
  • Beavers also dine on aquatic plants.
  • Beaver ponds improve water quality.
  • Beavers provide a habitat for salmon.
  • The lodges that beavers build also provide homes for river otters, minks, and muskrats.

Observing International Beaver Day

This is a great day for people to think more about beavers and what they do for the environment. We encourage people to learn more about beavers and share their knowledge with friends and family members.

We also encourage people to visit a beaver pond or a place that rescues and protects beavers. We encourage people to spread the word about this holiday using the hashtag #InternationalBeaverDay.

When is it?
This year (2024)
April 7 Sunday
Next year (2025)
April 7 Monday
Last year (2023)
April 7 Friday